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UW-L track and field sweeps national outdoor titles

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The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse track and field swept the men's and women's outdoor titles Saturday, becoming only the third school in NCAA III history to do so.

The men's team won its 13th title, scoring 71 points. Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rivals UW-Eau Claire and UW-Whitewater finished second (46 points) and third (42 points), respectively. The women's team won its third title, scoring 73 points. UW-Eau Claire (43 points) finished second, while Washington University (39 points) was third.

Marissa Mahr set a school record en route to winning the 400 meter hurdles (59.95 seconds), breaking Angie Riniker's record of 1:00.68 from 1995. Bria Halama became the first female in school history to win the triple jump competition (12.87 meters), setting a national meet record in the process.

The men's 4x100 meter relay team won the event title with a time of 40.28 seconds, setting a new school record.

There were also a number of close second place finishes for the Eagles. Junior Alex Koenen finished second in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.27 seconds, three one-hundredths of a second behind Greenville's Bruce Gray. Ross Denman took second in the 400 meter dash finals with a time of 47.18 seconds, just .11 seconds behind Jake Mihelich's winning time of 47.07 seconds. Sean Royer finished second in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:52.89 seconds, just behind Tufts' Mitchell Black at 1:52.57.

The women's title is the first outdoor title for coach Pat Healy. Men's coach Josh Buchholtz wins his second outdoor title and fifth overall.

Full results can be found here.

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